Journalism director at major French university accused of plagiarism

17th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

The director of the journalism school at Sciences Po, one of the leading universities in Paris, is being investigated over accusations of plagiarism made by a French media website.

Agnes Chauveau, also a contributor to the Huffington Post and a producer at French public radio channel France Culture, was accused on Sunday by the "Arrets sur Images" website of copying full passages from other publications into her columns without citing sources.

The dean of the journalism school, Bruno Patino, said in an email to students and professors on Monday that Chauveau is on leave while an independent investigation takes place.

"Plagiarism is a serious affair in journalism," Patino said, adding that the school, which requires all students to take a course on journalism ethics, "cannot take such things lightly".

The article accusing Chauveau included screen shots of the plagiarised content, highlighting the parts that were allegedly copied.

It quoted Chauveau as saying that she occasionally "forgot to mention certain papers, but never voluntarily".

Chauveau has been director of the journalism master's programme for a little over one year.

She previously worked at the French national library and has also written several books on the state of the media.

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